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DeniseH
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posted 08-23-1999 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DeniseH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last 3 years I've had intense pain at onset of my period. I'm 43. I think it could be IBS because Doc says it's not endometriosis (recent surgery showed I'm clear). Horrible pain lasting about 3 days all around abdomen (not specific) and tender all week after. Hurts worse when I walk. Feels like I'm carrying a big rock. Some gas. No constipation. Sound familiar to anyone?
Thanks for any help you can provide.

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posted 08-23-1999 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Smile   Click Here to Email Smile     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Denise
I have Colitis and IBS, they are much worse before and after my period. I asked my doctor about it, they are connected. I know someone who got diagnosed with Colitis 20 years ago, she noticed the same thing (worse around period), back then, the doctors told her they were NOT related. The funny thing is, I never used to have hardly any cramping at all with my period, now I get it before and after.
You are not alone.

DeniseH
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posted 08-23-1999 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DeniseH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's it. I have been confounded by this. I suppose I'm lucky it only hits at the same time as the "curse." It sends me to bed, though, and makes me angry because I miss out on things. Two months ago I watched Tony Bennett in concert at Caesars Las Vegas, anyway. Walked (with rest stops) all the way down the strip to the hotel thinking if it was cramps that walking would make it better. It certainly doesn't. I considered the emergency room. I haven't had this kind of pain since the transition stage of labor! And do I understand correctly that part of this is in my head?

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posted 08-23-1999 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dittybop   Click Here to Email Dittybop     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just went through this over the weekend. I thought I was having the worst IBS attack ever, and unknown to me my period was coming early. I usually get queasy when I ovulate and right before my period comes, and a bit of the IBS stuff, but nothing like this past weekend. And, yep, the pain was very similar to labor pains, now that I think of it. Gonna have my guard up for next month.

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DeniseH
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posted 08-24-1999 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DeniseH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, tell me if I've got this right-- several days before the curse is set to hit, I eat bland and no raw veggies. Maybe make myself a Metamucil cocktail each morning for breakfast. That's what I'm going to try. The pain this month was unbelievable! I have to add you are all a big help, since the doctor doesn't recognize this. How do you describe pain to someone who can't feel it? The only relief I got, by the way, was the codeine I took (leftover from wisdom tooth extraction). I think it may have quieted the bowel and aided sleep that night.

Fern
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posted 08-24-1999 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fern   Click Here to Email Fern     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, you guys get it, too? It keeps me doubled over, just the ache. Yeah, I can pretty much count on D around that time, but I'm using Caltrate for the first time this period which should hit tonight or anytime in the next couple of days. Also because of the added sensitivity of IBS I can always tell which ovary has participated this month!!

My GYN said that the Uterus has to cramp and contract to slough all the lining off and out the vagina, so it is definitely moving. It rubs against the bowel and voila, irritates it! Same thing with ovulation: the Fallopian tube actually brushes or nudges the ovary until it ruptures and releases the egg. I'm sure all that action has a great impact on the bowel. I get D around that time, too.

As bad as it gets sometimes, I'm in awe of what happens inside our bodies!

Fern

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posted 08-24-1999 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fayvorah   Click Here to Email Fayvorah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow---can I ever relate to this one!!--I actually had 3 ultra-sounds a couple of months ago because I had such excruciating ovulatory pain..and guess what the dx was??
"just my IBS acting up""--pain also very bad right before period, too, and my bloating tends to get worse (it that's possible!), and I get the big D sometimes...
and yes, I agree, the pain definitely mimics that of labor pain--sounds silly, but sometimes I think I am literally going to die because it hurts so much. I am actually having probs now with hormone inbalance on top of the delightful IBS, and I am thinking that it is most definitely part of the whole
big "IBS-stress, stress_IBS" eternity band

cyn
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posted 08-24-1999 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cyn   Click Here to Email cyn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello. Just thought I'd let you know that as a IBS sufferer, I get terrible gas, bloating and diarrhea associated with the onset of my period. I can count on it like clockwork.
Whether it's because of the associated menstrual cramps or dur to IBS I don't know, but it is there.

DeniseH
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posted 08-25-1999 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DeniseH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Almost makes ya wonder how much of the pain experienced in labor actually comes from the bowel, doesn't it?

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